Harvest is over, the kids are back at school, and the world gets back from their holidays ready to hit autumn with refreshed vim and vigour.
September has been a crazy month for me so far. Ending the year’s farming accounts, FINISHING THE FIRST DRAFT OF MY MANUSCRIPT FOR BOOK TWO, and moving on to the hard miles; edits, rewrites, loose ends. Covers to be designed (two of them because A Bed of Barley Straw is also getting a makeover), ISBNs to be purchased and allocated. Tag lines, blurbs, synopsis (the latter of which I think should have been written before the novel, but hey I’m still a rookie accidental rebel). Formatting, uploads and tracked changes lurk ominously in my future, with the threat of highlighting all the skills I have forgotten since writing book one.
Today I’m working on the blurbs for both of my books, and I would love to hear your thoughts.
Do the words catch your interest and draw you in? Do they leave you wanting to know more? Leave a comment or email me – email@example.com (You can also drop me a line there if you would like to be added to my email list for updates on the release).
Here’s where I’m at…all critiques welcome (steady GG)
A BED OF BARLEY STRAW
You can bury the past, but can you ever forget it? Hettie Redfern has no time for men, other than for the most basic of needs. She has learnt from experience that her career is more rewarding, that horses are more trustworthy and her are dogs easier to love.
So when Alexander Melton returns to Draymere Hall, where Hettie manages the stables, she quickly works out that despite his drop-dead good looks, his arrogance and manners leave a lot to be desired. Unfortunately, that isn’t enough to stop Hettie desiring him.
Proud, judgemental, downright rude at times, Alexander uses women for his own careless pleasure and rarely gives them a second thought. So how has Hettie Redfern got under his skin? A dangerous and idiotic obsession, given her reputation.
A clash of characters, a physical attraction too strong to resist. History unravelling in a perfect storm of frustrated passion.
(There is a working title but you’re not getting it yet. I do learn from some of my mistakes)
Hettie and Alexander are back at Draymere Hall, and it was never going to be a conventional love story, no hearts and flowers here.
Proud, passionate, wilful; they are alike in so many ways. That has to be a good thing doesn’t it? Or it could be very bad…they both carry scars, and old wounds have a habit of bringing new pain.
Their bodies know what they want, and that attraction pulls them together. Hearts and minds can be thorny, less easy to satisfy. One thing is certain, together or apart their lives will move on. Alexander and Hettie’s clashes of passion and spirit will only be part of the story.
New beginnings which give you the chance to make things right. Or the chance to make the same mistakes all over again.
Thank you for reading.